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Wharton Sports Business Summit

November 03, 2017

Friday, November 3 | 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM EDT

The Wharton Sports Business Summit consists of keynotes, panels, workshops, research presentations, a career fair and more. It is to be a full day of learning and networking designed to bring students from the University of Pennsylvania and other schools together with industry leaders.

Photos courtesy of Stephanie Faust

Thank you to everyone who came to the inaugural Wharton Sports Business Summit! We are pleased to say that WSBS ’17 was a success, as students and attendees had the chance to hear from industry leaders representing every area of sports business. We would also like to thank our sponsors and everyone who helped make the Wharton Sports Business Summit possible. We are looking forward to seeing everyone next year!

Check out media coverage of the Wharton Sports Business Summit:

      • Keynote: Aileen Dagrosa – SVP, General Counsel, Philadelphia Eagles
      • Keynote: Don Smolenski – President, Philadelphia Eagles
      • Keynote: Josh Harris W ’86 – Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment, Principal Owner, 76ers & Devils, Founder, Apollo Management
      • David Abrams W ’80 – Banker, Inner Circle Sports
      • TJ Adeshola – Head of US League Partnerships, Twitter
      • Brandon Bagley W ’11 – Senior Associate, Victus Advisors
      • Melissa Brenner C ’96 – SVP of Digital Media, NBA
      • Jerrold Colton – NFL Agent/Lawyer and Owner, CS Sports
      • Ryan Donovan – VP of Marketing, Fanatics
      • Sean Estrada W ’07 – Manager of Labor Relations, NFL
      • Jessica Frey WG ’15 – VP of Strategy & Technology, Virgin Sport
      • Andy Galdi – Director of Baseball Research & Development, Philadelphia Phillies
      • Alec Halaby – VP of Football Operations and Strategy, Philadelphia Eagles
      • Sabrina Hannam L ’03 – Executive Partner, Law Office of Sabrina N. Hannam, LLC
      • Zachary Hochster C ’11 – Associate Director, Property Consultation and Analytics, Scout Sports and Entertainment
      • Brian Josephs – Director, Enterprise Sales, SportRadar
      • Akshay Khanna WG ’15 – VP of Strategy, 76ers/Devils/Prudential Center
      • Vasu Kulkarni ENG ’08 – Founder, Krossover & CourtsideVC
      • Seth Ladetsky C ’96 – SVP of Sales, Turner Sports
      • Steven Lang C ’11 – Associate Director, Strategy & Development, Scout Sports and Entertainment
      • Bruce Lefkowitz C ’87 – EVP, Fox
      • Cade Massey – Practice Professor, The Wharton School
      • Sam Mondry-Cohen C ’10 – Director of Baseball Research & Development, Washington Nationals
      • John Ourand – Media Reporter, Sports Business Journal
      • Mike Palisi – EVP, Van Wagner Sports & Entertainment
      • Irwin Raij – Partner/Co-Chair, Sport Industry Group, O’Melveny & Myers LLP
      • Ted Reid – SVP and Wealth Advisor, Morgan Stanley
      • Scott Rosner – Practice Professor, The Wharton School
      • Sydney Schneider – Junior Rotational Program, NFL
      • Blake Stuchin C’04 – VP of Digital Media Business Development, NFL
      • Zack Weiner C ’14 – CoFounder, Overtime
      • NBA
      • NFL
      • Collegiate Sports Management
      • Complete Sports Management
      • Dick’s Sporting Goods
      • LeagueSide
      • Madison Square Garden
      • Overtime
      • Penn Recreation
      • Philadelphia Phillies
      • Philadelphia Union
      • Philadelphia 76ers
      • Scout Sports and Entertainment
      • Turner Sports
      • Turnkey Sports & Entertainment
      • UpMetrics
      • Washington Nationals
      • Wasserman
Morning Panels:
      • The Future of Sports Consumption, Moderated by John Ourand, SBJ/SBD
        • TJ Adeshola
        • Melissa Brenner
        • Bruce Lefkowitz
        • Blake Stuchin
        • Zack Weiner
      • Sports Analytics: Changing the Game, Presented by Sportradar, Moderated by Cade Massey, The Wharton School
        • Andy Galdi
        • Alec Halaby
        • Brian Josephs
        • Sam Mondry-Cohen
Afternoon Panels:
      • Investment Opportunities in Sport, Moderated by David Abrams, Inner Circle Sports
        • Sabrina Hannam
        • Akshay Khanna
        • Vasu Kulkami
        • Ted Reid
      • Collegiate Athletics, Presented by Victus Advisors
        • Brandon Bagley
        • Ryan Donovan
        • Mike Palisi
        • Irwin Raij
  • Sales and Marketing
    • Presented by Seth Ladetsky of Turner Sports, and Steven Lang and Zachary Hochster of Scout Sports and Entertainment
      • This session will focus on the buy and sell side of sports sponsorships. It will include a brief case study at the end for participants to complete in groups so that they have the chance to implement what they’ve learned.
  • Experiential and Wellness Events
    • Presented by Jessica Frey WG’ 15, VP of Strategy & Technology, Virgin Sport
      • Virgin Sport is a startup within the Virgin Group, which was founded by Richard Branson. Virgin Sport has recently organized mass participation fitness events in the UK. Its first Festival of Fitness in the US, a half marathon in San Francisco, is set to take place in mid-October this year
  • Inside the NFL
    • Presented by Sean Estrada W’ 07, NFL Labor Relations Manager,  Amanda Herald W ’09 and Garrett Breeden W’16 and Sydney Schneider W’16, NFL Junior Rotational Program,
      • These NFL executives will be speaking about their career paths and experiences at the NFL. They provide an in-depth look at the league’s business practices and will be discussing the career opportunities available at the NFL
  • Negotiations
    • Presented by Jerrold Colton, NFL Agent/Lawyer, Owner of CS Sports
      • This workshop will focus on negotiations tactics and particularly how they can be used in careers in sports. Jerrold Colton has represented football and hockey stars, including the negotiation of David Akers’ contract that made him the highest paid kicker in NFL history.


  • Date: Friday, November 3
  • Time: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM EDT

Event Organizers

  • Wharton Sports Business Initiative
  • Undergraduate Sports Business Club